Top 20 Psalms For Encouragement
When life is at its most bleak, do you turn to the Word for guidance? Let these 20 Psalms for encouragement lift your heart and mind when life has you down!
The Psalms are full of motivating prayers of contrition and thanksgiving to God for His loving mercy and righteousness. Here we have collected 20 of the best Psalms to read and pray when facing hardships of faith or worldly matters.
We encourage you to pray with the powerful words of Psalm 23 below before reading our full list of Psalms for encouragement:
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. ~ Psalm 23
Read 20 Psalms for Encouragement to Lift Your Spirits
Here is our list of 20 quotes from the book of Psalms to encourage you in times of need. May God speak to your heart through His word!
1. Psalm 5 – When You are Persecuted
"Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies-make straight your way before me." (Psalm 5:8)
2. Psalm 6 – When You are Depressed
"Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony."(Psalm 6:1)
3. Psalm 16 – When You are Confused
4. Psalm 17 – When You Feel Alone
"I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in your from their foes." (Psalm 17:6)
Psalms for Encouragement to Inspire Faith
Take time to think and meditate on these Psalms, reading them as God is directly speaking to you.
5. Psalm 18 – When Life Feels Precarious
"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights…You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great." (Psalm 18:32-34)
6. Psalm 22 – When You Feel Forgotten
"For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help." (Psalm 22:24)
7. Psalm 25 – When You Feel Ashamed
8. Psalm 27 – When You are Afraid
"The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1)
9. Psalm 31 – When You Need Someone to Rescue
"Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me." (Psalm 31:2)
10. Psalm 33 – When You are Worried about the World
"But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine." (Psalm 33:18-19)
Psalms for Hope and Courage
Through genuine repentance, a renewal of the heart and mind, we draw closer to God and experience His grace in our life!
11. Psalm 37 – When You Doubt That Your Life Will Matter
12. Psalm 40 – When Life Keeps Getting Worse
"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry." (Psalm 40:1)
13. Psalm 42 – When Life Seems Hopeless
"Why are you down cast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." (Psalm 42:11)
14. Psalm 51 – When You Need forgiveness
15. Psalm 53 – When You Doubt God's Existence
"The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.' They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good." (Psalm 53:1)
16. Psalm 55 – When People Malign You
17. Psalm 63 – When You are Desperate
18. Psalm 73 – When You are Confused about God's Plan
"When I tried to understand all this it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny." (Psalm 73:16-17)
19. Psalm 86 – When You are Overwhelmed by Your Own Neediness
"Teach me your way, O Lord and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name." (Psalm 86:11)
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20. Psalm 94 – When You are Drowning in Anxiety and Stress
"When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul." (Psalm 94:19)
May God enter your heart through reading and praying these Psalms for encouragement!
Sue Schlesman is a writer, teacher, speaker, and pastor's wife who lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and 3 sons. She blogs and writes Bible studies, non-fiction, fiction, curriculum, and children's books. She has published a variety of print and non-print media. You can find her at www.susanwalleyschlesman.com and www.7prayersthatwork.com.